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This Month In USMC History
1 October 1997: The first African-American female colonel in the Marine Corps was promoted to that rank during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, made Marine Corps history when she achieved the rank of colonel. She was serving as Special Projects Officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at the time of her promotion.
5 October 1775: Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 2d Continental Congress used the word "Marines" on one of the earliest known occasions, when it directed General George Washington to secure two vessels on "Continental risque and pay", and to give orders for the "proper encouragement to the Marines and seamen" to serve on the two armed ships.
6 October 1945: Major General Keller E. Rockey, Commanding General, III Amphibious Corps, accepted the surrender of 50,000 Japanese troops in North China on behalf of the Chinese Nationalist government.
8 October 1889: A force of 375 Marines under command of future Commandant George F. Elliott, attacked and captured the insurgent town of Novaleta, Luzon, Philippine Islands, and linked up with U.S. Army troops. There were 11 Marine casualties.
9 October 1917: The 8th Marines was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Although the regiment would not see combat in Europe during World War I, the officers and enlisted men of the 8th Marines participated in operations against dissidents in Haiti for over five years during the 1920s. During World War II, the regiment was assigned to the 2d Marine Division and participated in combat operations on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, and earned three Presidential Unit Citations.
11 October 1951: A Marine battalion was flown by transport helicopters to a frontline combat position for the first time, when HMR-161 lifted the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, and its equipment, during Operation Bumblebee, northeast of Yanggu, Korea.
19 October 1968: Operation Maui Peak, a combined regimental-sized operation which began on 6 October, ended 11 miles northwest of An Hoa, Vietnam. More than 300 enemy were killed in the 13-day operation.
23 October 1983: At 0622 an explosive-laden truck slammed into the BLT headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, where more than 300 men were billeted. The massive explosion collapsed the building in seconds, and took the lives of 241 Americans--including 220 Marines. This was the highest loss of life in a single day for Marines since D-Day on Iwo Jima in 1945.
28 October 1962: An 11,000-man 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade left Camp Pendleton by sea for the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One week earlier, the entire 189,000-man Marine Corps had been put on alert and elements of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions were sent to Guantanamo Bay to reinforce the defenders of the U.S. Naval Base. Other 2d Division units and squadrons from five Marine Aircraft Groups were deployed at Key West, Florida, or in Caribbean waters during the Cuban crisis.
31 October 1919: A patrol of Marines and gendarmes, led by Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken, disguised themselves as Cacos and entered the headquarters of the Haitian Caco Leader, Charlemagne Peralte, killing the bandit chief, and dispersing his followers. Sergeant Hanneken and Corporal William R. Button were each awarded the Medal of Honor.
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Way way back in the dawn of time In the Valley of Death where the sun don't shine A mighty fighting man was made From an M-16 and a live grenade He looked mighty big with his ALICE pack He drove mighty mean with his Cadillac This mighty fighting lean green machine Goes by the title of a Recon Marine Roll on your left And roll your right Roll on your left We love to double time!
Tarzan and Jane were swingin' from a vine, Sippin' from a bottle of vodka double wine. Jane missed the vine and down she fell, When she hit the ground she let out a yell, Ai-e-ai mmm mmm feels good Ai-e-ai mmm mmm real good
Tarzan and Cheetah were swingin' from a vine, Sippin' from a bottle of vodka double wine. Cheetah missed the vine and then he fell, when he hit the ground he gave a little yell, Ai-e-ai mmm mmm feels good Ai-e-ai mmm mmm real good
Born in the woods Raised by a bear Double shot of dog teeth Triple coat of hair Two brass balls And a cast iron rod He's a bad mother jumper He's a Marine by God M - Mean as hell A - All the time R - Rough and tough I - In the mud N - Never quit E - Every day
In the middle of the night in the drizzle and rain, I packed my chute and I ran to the plane. Mission top secret there's a mission unknown, We dont know if we're ever comin home. Stand up buckled up shuffled to the door, Jumped right out and shout MARINE CORPS! If my chute don't open wide. I've got another one by my side. If that chute don't open round. I'll be the first one on the ground.
Lil yellow birdie with a lil yellow bil Landed on my window sill Lured him in with a lil piece a bread Then I crushed his lil fucking head Me oh my I am such a clutz I missed his head and hit his nuts!
Tell my mama not to cry In the Marine Corps you will do or die. Pin my wings upon my chest Tell my girl I've done my best. Place a Kabar in my hand. I'll fight my way to the promised land. Orraaahhh! Blood and Guts Everywhere That's us That's us Lean and mean U.S. Marine Orraaahhh! Orraaahhh!
Back in 1775 My Marine Corps came alive First there came the color blue, to show the world that we are true Next there came the color red, to show the world the blood we shed Finally there came the color green, to show the world that we are mean
Suzie said to me one day long ago, Honey please don't join the Corps. They like to do nothing but fuss and fight, They look at women like they're high and tight. They got poor table manners and they are so crude, They got a board's sense of humor and they are so rude. I said Suzie let me tell you what I'll do, I'll join the Corps just for a year or two. So I packed my trash and I headed for the plane, I went to the place where they made Marines. Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Parris Island was the name of the place, The first thing I saw was a Drill Instructors face. Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Oh Yeah He had razor creases and a Smoky Bear, Mountain climbing privates everywhere Suzie said it's me or the Corps, I cant take this life anymore. I looked at her with a big ol grin, I haven't seen Suzie since I don't know when. Oh Yeah Take it I got it
My grandaddy was a horse Marine He was born wearing green He ate steaks eight inches thick Picked his teeth with a swaggert stick
Kicking and a fighting and running all day Grandaddy knew no other way Busting out windows, kicking out doors Trying to get even with the squids on the shore Lived everyday of his life in the Corps So they sent him off to war Went to the Pacific to fight the Japanese Got some shrapnel in the knees Went to the country called Vietnam To fight some people called the Viet Cong Found himself in a firefight Come back home in a medivac flight
Now grandaddy is sitting there Marking time in a rocking chair
Born on a mountain top raised by a bear, Got two sets of teeth and a full coat of hair. See us coming better run better hide, Cause well hunt you down and eat you alive. Slit your throat and wipe it clean, We're mean Motherfuckers we're US Marines. Well spit on your graves and laugh out loud, Wear medals on our chest and feel damn proud. Fighting and killing that's our job, So we earned the name Devil Dogs Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Parris Island San Diego Marine Corps
Every where we go, People wanna know. Who we are, So we tell them, Were the boys from DI School you here so much about, Mamas take their daughters in whenever we go out. Feels Good Sounds Good Ah Ah You can take one look at us and see were motivated You can take one look at us you know were dedicated.
I've got a story that's never been told About a recon Marine that was brave and bold He jumped from the sky in the middle of the night When he hit the ground he was ready to fight Hookin' and a jabbin' Stickin' and a stabbin' Killin him some commies
Grease gun and Kabar by his side These are the tools that make men die Hookin' and a jabbin' Stickin' and a stabbin' Killin him some commies
I used to sit at home all day, Letting my life a waste away. Then one day a man in blue, Said son I got a job for you, There's travel and adventure and loads of fun, And well even teach you how to shoot a gun. There's room and board and a plate of food, And a brand new tailored business suit. I used to drive a Bonneville, Now all I do is run up a hill. I used to drive a Chevrolet, Now all I do is sleep in the hay. I used to drive a Cadillac, Now all I do is hump a pack.
Mamma told Johnny not to go downtown The Marine Corps recruiter was hanging around Johnny went downtown anyway To see what the recruiter had to say Recruiter asked Johnny what he wanted to be Johnny said I want to join the infantry
Johnny caught a plane out to Vietnam There, he fought the Viet-Cong Many he killed by knife and blade God only knows how many lives he saved Well Johnny was bold and Johnny was brave Johnny jumped on a hand grenade Saved the lives of the men he lead But before he died, this is what he said Mamma, Mamma, don't you cry The Marine Corps motto is Semper Fi!
Navy, Navy, I'm in doubt Why your belly's are sticking out Is it whiskey or is it wine? Or is it lack of PT time? Join up Roll with us 1 mile no good 2 miles no good 3 miles getting better 4 miles breaking sweat 5 miles breathing harder 6 miles girl scouts 7 miles boy scouts 8 miles now we're talking 9 miles almost there 10 miles Marine Corps! Ooh Rah! Oh Yea! Lo Right a Leaft Left Right Right your Lefty Right your Left. Left Right your Left Lefty Right your Left Left Right your Leaft. Lefty Righty Lo
Through all my pain and all my strife, My purpose remains to take human life, My job is not to question why, I simply kill or I will die, Husband mother daughter or child, To me your death is merely mild, Doesn't matter what I figure, I'll zero in and pull the trigger, Then I'll laugh and beg for more, While your body's a rotting pile of gore, There's thousands of others just like me, We call ourselves US Marines!
Heavy on the left foot Motivated Left foot Oh Yeah Ain't no use in lookin down There ain't no discharge on the ground. There ain't no use in lookin back, A jodys got your Cadillac. There ain't no use in feelin blue, A jodies got your lady too. Oh yeah Ah Ha Not for long Not for long No way I'm comin I'm comin Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Oh yeah Feelin Good Feelin Bad Ah Ha Ah Ha Here we Go Here we Go Oh Yeah Oh Yeah
Mama, mama cant you see. what this CORPS has done for me. Put me in a barbers chair, snip, snap and I had no hair. If I die in a combat zone, box me up and ship me home. Put me in a set of dress blues. Comb my hair and shine my shoes. Pin my medals upon my chest. Tell my mama I did my best. Mama mama, dont you cry. Marine corps motto is do or die. Say left right left.
Oh there's a place where Marines are made, Yelling and a runnin day to day. Mean DI's makin fighting machines, They take boys and make them mean. Get up in the morning in the drizzle and rain, Run all day till you feel the pain. This is the place that God forgot, Sand is deep and the sun is hot. It's as fierce as your Drill Instructors face, Parris Island is the name of this place Orraaahhh Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Parris Island Marine Corps Here we go Here we go Orraaahhh
Mad Dog Mad Dog Mad Dog Oh Yeah M D Mad Dog That's a me Oh Yeah Oh Yeah My Grand mama was 92 She used to PT like me and you. My grand mama was 96, She did PT just for kicks. My grand mama was 107, Well the poor girl died and went to heaven. My grand mama was 108, She went side straddle hoppin through the pearly gates. My grand mama was 109, She had St. Peter doubling time.
Late last night it was drizzilin rain, Lyin' in my bed I was feelin no pain. I heard a ringing in my head, It was the telephone so I jumped from my bed. I tripped, stummbled,and said hello, My first Sergeant said it was time to go. Got to the company hungry as can be, My platoon SGT handed me an MRE. Chute on my back destination unknown, C-130,it began to groan. Jumpmaster said now dont you know, Stand up Marine its time to go. Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door, Jump right out and shout "MARINE CORPS!" As I drifted to the ground, I began to look around. Lights were shining up at me, Were,O'Where could I be. Jumpmaster,he had missed his spot, This LZ was mighty hot. Shake,fries, and a Big Mack to go, We landed at McDonalds dont you know!
Lo Right your Leaft Left Right your Leaft Here we go Oh Yeah Oh Yeah PT PT Good for you Good for me Make it hurt Make it hurt Feel the pain In your head In your back In your bones Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Here we go.
talkin' to my daddy on his dying bed with a smile on his face this is what he said when i came out of my mothers womb found myself in the delivery room all bloody and wet i reppelled to the floor cut the umbilical cord crawled to the door cruised the ward i was looking good, baby little marine like i should humvee stroller tricycle tank had 3 diaper pens on my collar 4 rank down the hall i heard some crying like heck walked right in called attention on deck! i said listen up wimps im in command all your crying and sniveling i will not stand they said aye aye sir and i had it made i was commanding officer of the baby brigade!!! semper fi do or die hold 'em high at 8th and I hoorah hoorah!
Every where we go - People want to know - Who we are - So, we tell them - We're the one's from (unit name) you've heard so much about! - We're motivated, dedicated whenever we go out! - People say we're crazy for the crazy things we do! - We're the one's from (unit name) so who the hell are you!
Back in 1775 My Marine Corps came alive First there came the color gold To show the world that we are bold Then there came the color red To show the world the blood we shed Then there came the color green To show the world that we are mean Then there came the color blue To show the world that we are true Oh yeah Marine Corps Your corps My corps
Paint my face black and green, You wont see me I'm a Recon Marine I slipped and slithered in through the night You wont see me till I'm ready to fight. You'll run in the bushes you'll try to hide, That's why you are sure to die. You wont see me till it's too late, A flash of my blade will be your fate. Oh Yeah Oh Yeah
Marine Of The Month
Lance Cpl. James M. Gluff
20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 19 in Ramadi, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.